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Robert Burns Country: Auld Lang Syne

http://www.robertburns.org/works/236.shtml

CR

On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 1:34 PM Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I wonder how many on this list have been to a Burns Night. It is a
> fabulous celebration of Scotland's great poet, and there is no reason to
> compare Burns to Woolf or anyone. I have attended, arranged, and given the
> Immortal Memory at various Burns Nights, and they have rituals;
> humor; sometimes fine speeches about poetry;  and haggis, neeps, and taties
> plus single malt Scotch.  I am a feminist and lover of Woolf, but the
> notion of setting up a competition is silly. No one is prevented from
> celebrating Woolf if they choose, and it has no relation to celebrating
> Burns.
>
> And if we are basing this on the author's morals, it is even more silly.
> Pound was a Fascist; Eliot has been challenged on many grounds--with plenty
> of evidence; Lawrence was awful to his wife. But the TSE Society has
> parties every year, and Pound enthusiasts have conferences. And no one says
> they should have them on some other poet *instead.*
>
> I don't really know whether Burns's many sexual experiences were what I
> would approve. But Liz Lochhead is right that it does not change the poetry.
>
> I only wish this country could imagine a major holiday / celebration of a
> poet.
> Nancy
>
> On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 3:10 PM, Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> On a positive note
>>
>> Shape Beneath Color: The Impressionistic Wonders of 'To the Lighthouse'
>>
>> By James McWilliams
>>
>>
>>
>> https://themillions.com/2016/10/shape-beneath-color-impressionistic-wonders-woolfs-lighthouse.html
>>
>> A “gorgeous but impossible aesthetic” one always looks forward to grapple
>> with. This by way of a humble tribute.
>>
>> CR
>>
>> On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 11:43 AM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Here’s a piece that helps articulate me:
>>>
>>> Difficult Books: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf - The Millions
>>>
>>>
>>> https://themillions.com/2009/12/difficult-books-to-the-lighthouse-by-virginia-woolf.html
>>>
>>> CR
>>>
>>> On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 7:13 AM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Appreciate your observations on the article, Schlanger. Wonder if a
>>>> modernist writer like Woolf is NOT celebrated because of her DIFFICULT
>>>> novels. In comparison Eliot fascinates.
>>>>
>>>> CR
>>>>
>>>> On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 9:35 PM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> To the Lighthouse.
>>>>>
>>>>> CR
>>>>>
>>>>> On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 8:26 PM [log in to unmask] <
>>>>> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Inane article by Welsh:  is it necessary to classify by gender?  Can
>>>>>> we not just say that Woolf wrote extremely well?  (Though of course someone
>>>>>> will respond by referencing A Room of One's Own, which because of its
>>>>>> subject is also classified--as a "feminist" text.  I think of it as an
>>>>>> essay about writers and writing.)
>>>>>>
>>>>>> CR--have you read VW?  What do you like?  Why?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Jan 25, 2018, at 11:16 PM, Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]>
>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> This Burns Night, consider celebrating Virginia Woolf instead | Books
>>>>>> | The Guardian
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2018/jan/25/this-burns-night-consider-celebrating-virginia-woolf-instead
>>>>>>
>>>>>> CR
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 2:59 PM Rickard A. Parker <
>>>>>> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Google's search page uses a sketch of Virginia Woolf (January 25,
>>>>>>> 1882 - March 28, 1941) in its logo today to honor the 136th anniversary of
>>>>>>> her birth.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>
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